No rest for the graying

first_imgWith the elderly beginning to outnumber the young around the world, workers, employers, and policymakers are rethinking retirement — what work we do, when to stop, and how to spend our later years.The global demographic transition, described by a panel Thursday at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is tied to rapidly expanding life spans and declining birthrates. While it is furthest along in developed nations such as Italy, Japan, Germany, and France — with the United States not far behind — it is also a factor in rapidly developing nations like China and India.“By far the most important thing is that societies are undergoing a demographic transition the world has never seen,” said Lisa Berkman, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard Chan School and director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. “Never before in human history have we had aging societies. And by aging societies we mean there are more people over 60 than there are under 5.”The largest impact will likely occur at the intersection of work and retirement, said Berkman.An increase in retirement years is already beginning to stress Social Security, created when most people lived just a year or two after receiving benefits and many among disadvantaged populations didn’t live long enough to receive any.Berkman was joined at the event — “The Aging Workforce: Challenges and Benefits for the Public’s Health” — by Francine Grodstein, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; Debra Whitman, chief public policy officer for AARP; and Christina Matz-Costa, a senior research associate at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Chris Arnold of National Public Radio moderated the discussion.Crucial to understanding the issue, Berkman said, is the idea that seniors who continue working will take jobs from younger people. This is a fallacy, she said, because people who continue to work spur new employment, creating enough jobs to go around.That doesn’t mean that employers are always willing to hire older workers hunting for jobs, making age discrimination a significant problem.Whitman said that surveys of AARP members show that most expect to work into their 60s and 70s. This is good news from a health standpoint, she said, because the engagement that work provides supports cognitive health, slows mental decline, and lessens isolation. It’s also good news for the economy, she said, because the Baby Boomer generation is the best educated and most experienced in history.But many workers who expect to stay on the job aren’t doing it for their health. Retirement was once considered a three-legged stool, Whitman said, supported by Social Security, savings, and private pensions. But pensions especially have grown wobbly over the past three decades.While continuing to work is an option for the healthy, the disabled and sick, who make up about half the aging population, face a range of serious challenges, many financial.Panelists said it’s important for employers to understand that diversity in the workplace, known to improve productivity and innovation, includes having employees of different ages working side by side.Physical challenges — particularly for those in demanding jobs — can be met by shifting assignments, increasing mentoring, and using ergonomically designed equipment that reduces physical strain. And work patterns should be reviewed, the experts said. Older workers are often most interested in part-time or periodic employment. Also key, as Matz-Costa pointed out, is that employees have a chance to do tasks they find meaningful and engaging.“Thinking about [work] more broadly could be crucial in the coming decades,” Berkman said.Being able to work, of course, depends on maintaining health into old age. Changes to diet and lifestyle can make a major difference, Grodstein said, even if they don’t come until midlife or older.“It’s never too early to start and it’s never too late to start.”last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa signs Hornsea Two bank guarantee line

first_imgLocated in the North Sea and owned by Danish utility company Ørsted, the farm will consist of 165 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. “This deal is a continuation of Siemens Gamesa’s focus on sustainability in finance and strengthens it at a difficult time for all of society, in which we must go that extra mile in supporting medical research. It is very gratifying to be able to make a contribution,” said Thomas Spannring, acting CFO of Siemens Gamesa. BNP Paribas lead managed the deal, in which BBVA, Mizuho, and Santander also participated. The installation of the 165 direct drive wind turbines at the Hornsea Two project site 89 kilometers off the British east coast is expected to start in 2021. The funding is tied to ESG (environment, social, and governance) criteria. Under this agreement, Siemens Gamesa will pay a premium in the event that it fails to achieve the defined ESG targets; otherwise, the premium will be paid by BNP Paribas, together with BBVA and Santander. Siemens Gamesa has signed a bank guarantee line for up to EUR 600 million to cover the construction of components for the 1.4 GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.center_img Once commissioned in 2022, Hornsea Two will become the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The nacelles for Hornsea Two will be produced at Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, while the majority of the blades will be made at the factory in Hull, UK, where the pre-assembly work will also be carried out. Towers are expected to be partly sourced from UK suppliers. Hornsea Two In either case, the established premium on the deal will be used to finance a cancer research project directed by Eduardo López Collazo, Scientific Director of Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research in Madrid, Spain, that seeks to identify sources of metastasis in breast cancer with a view to preventing tumour cells from spreading. last_img read more

Gustin grabs Saturday Showcase SportMod checkers at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan Clark INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 21) – Plain and simple, Jenae Gustin has Independence Motor Speedway figured out.The Marshalltown driver raced to her second straight victory and her fourth win in the last five weeks in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division Saturday night. To top off the win, Gustin took home extra cash as the SportMods were featured in the Saturday Showcase, a monthly spotlight with increased prize money for a select division. Outside front row starter Lucas Lundry held the early command while Gustin made her way through traffic from a fifth row starting spot. Gustin raced the low groove into contention as she settled into second after just four laps.A short time later Gustin reeled in Lundry, who was also running the low side of the speedway.Unable to make her bid for the lead in the bottom groove, Gustin went to work a groove higher than the leader. She and Lundry jockeyed for position and swapped the lead numerous times before she was able to break free with just a few laps to go. Once out front, Gustin set sail to win the 15-lapper by a straightaway margin. Lundry ran second ahead of Jim Aschenbrenner. Entering the evening, Justin Wacha had one career IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature win to his credit. By night’s end, he earned the first win of his career on the Independence oval. Jim Ball and Chad Albert battled for the lead throughout the first half of the 15-lapper while Benji Irvine made his way to the front on lap 10 after starting in row five. Running the low groove, Wacha also marched to the front and settled into second with five laps to go. He closed the gap on the leader before pressuring Irvine with two laps remaining.Committed to the low side, Wacha surged ahead off turn four on the final lap to score the exciting win. Irvine finished second ahead of Jeremiah Wilson.Darren Ackerman continued his recent dominance in the IMCA Late Model division. He took advantage of a mid-race restart to drive to his second straight win and third victory in four weeks. Sean Johnson took control at the drop of the green and quickly pulled away from the field. Johnson built a straightaway lead and was hiding in lapped traffic until the event’s only caution slowed action on lap 13.Johnson held the point when racing resumed while Ackerman restarted fifth. Ackerman surged into third shortly after the green flag waved and then into the runner-up spot on the 16th of 25 laps.Ackerman chased Johnson until he was finally able to sneak beneath the leader as the white flag waved. Ackerman led the final circuit to take the win. Johnson and Jon Passick completed the top three. Troy Cordes dominated the 20-lap Performance Bodies IMCA Modified feature for his first local win of the year. Cordes, who started in row six, settled into the top four by the time the yellow flag waved on lap four. He took one more lap before making his way around Ed Thomas to secure the lead. Cordes drove away from the field to take the checkers by more than a straightaway ahead of J.D. Auringer. Tyler Droste finished third. In only his second appearance of the season, Brian Irvine came away with his second victory in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Irvine, who started 12th, survived a slew of early cautions and took over the lead on lap six. He led the remainder of the event to win in convincing fashion ahead of Jarod Weepie and Phil Holtz.last_img read more

IPP report suggests destructive 1993 floods may become ‘new normal’

first_imgIOWA CITY — A new analysis from an Iowa City think tank suggests Iowa’s weather is hotter and wetter due to climate change. James Boulter, a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, reviewed weather data and prepared the report for the Iowa Policy Project.“Iowa is seeing, actually in a much clearer trend than most of the rest of the country…a significant increase in average annual rainfall,” Boulter said during a conference call with reporters.Boulter described the atmosphere as “amped up” and he said the conditions that led to the massive 1993 floods may become the “new normal.”“The idea is simply that as the Gulf of Mexico warms and you get increased evaporation, that can collide with this mid-latitude jet or this air mass that moves west to east across the United States,” Boulter said.According to Boulter’s calculations, there’s been a five percent increase in average temperatures in Iowa over the past four decades and the amount of rain that fell in Iowa this spring shattered records set 116 years ago. Boulter said the data indicates there’s been an “uptick” in extreme or heavy rainfall events in Iowa and the upper Midwest over the last decade — causing billions of dollars in flood damage.last_img read more

SAinfo: online gateway to South Africa

first_imgWelcome to SouthAfrica.info – SAinfo, for short – the online gateway to South Africa.If you’re a South African at home or abroad, or if you’re interested in visiting or investing in the country, this site is for you!SAinfo is published by Brand South Africa.The website aims to:Provide an overview of the country’s myriad attractions and opportunities, particularly for investors, tourists, foreign diplomats and researchers. Provide a user-friendly guide to sources of public information across the national spectrum – from work permits to investor guidelines, golf courses to taxation, the education system to whale watching. Promote South Africa in all its aspects: form positive first impressions about the country, challenge ingrained misconceptions, and counterbalance prevailing “bad news”. For more information about the website, e-mail Brand South Africa.For more information about Brand South Africa, visit www.brandsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion

first_imgView comments Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img read more

Pogba reveals new look for return of PL action

first_imgManchester United Pogba reveals new look as Man Utd prepare for return to Premier League action Last updated 2 years ago 17:24 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Man Utd Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League WTF The France international midfielder is embracing being a Red Devil as he once again changes his hairstyle ahead of the resumption of domestic duties Paul Pogba will be sporting a bold new look when Manchester United return to Premier League action at Stoke on Saturday.Having spent time away with France since his last domestic outing, the 24-year-old has decided that it is time for another image change.Man Utd 11/2 to beat Stoke 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He left for World Cup qualifying duty with a blonde streak in his hair, but has embraced being a Red Devil as he prepares to step back into the fold with Jose Mourinho’s side.Pogba has enjoyed a productive opening to the 2017-18 campaign.He has two goals in his three Premier League appearances to date, with those efforts helping United to nine points and a standing at the top of the early table.His performances have also landed him the club’s Player of the Month award for August.Pogba will be looking to maintain those high standards when he steps back into action this weekend, with it vital that he continues to make as many headlines for his displays as he does his image.There is, however, no doubting that the Frenchman has become one of the game’s most iconic figures.That standing has been enhanced this summer by the revelation that Pogba is the biggest draw when it comes to UK shirt sales, with his branded United jersey outselling the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.last_img read more

No deja vu Secondhalf comeback fails for OSU

The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 15-game home win streak and nine-game conference win streak came to an end Wednesday night after a 60-57 loss to No. 4 Purdue. The story of the game was Purdue’s first-half dominance. In front of the first sell-out crowd of the season at the Schottenstein Center, the Boilermakers jumped out to an early lead and led for all 40 minutes of Wednesday’s game. With just more than seven minutes remaining in the first half, junior Evan Turner converted a three-point play and for the first time all night the capacity crowd erupted. The jubilation was short lived, however, as Purdue’s Keaton Grant immediately responded with a four-point play at the other end. The crowd again rose to its feet when junior Jon Diebler made the team’s first three-point basket with less than a minute ago. But again, the Boilermakers answered, this time with a three-point play. In the first half “they made some shots and some of us didn’t have our heads right,” Turner said. “As a unit we didn’t execute how we were supposed to.”Purdue led by 13 at the break and although the Buckeyes got as close as 48-46 late in the second half, the first half struggles proved to be too much to overcome. OSU had one last chance in the waning moments when Diebler took and missed a potential game-tying three-pointer as time expired. “I got a good look,” Diebler said. “I should have knocked it down. There’s really no excuses.”Unlike in last month’s game at Purdue, the Buckeyes did a much better job of containing junior Robbie Hummel. Hummel torched Ohio State 35 points in the first meeting, but was held to just four Wednesday.However, OSU simply had no answer for junior JaJuan Johnson. After scoring a season-low four points in the first meeting between these two teams, Johnson led the way offensively for the Boilermakers. He scored a team-high 24 points on 11-17 shooting. “He made shots and those were some tough shots,” Diebler said. “That’s a heck of a basketball player right there.”As expected, Turner handled the bulk of the load for the Buckeyes and scored a game-high 29 points. With the loss, OSU dropped to 10-4 in conference play, but the Buckeyes have little time to regroup. They travel to East Lansing, Mich., Sunday to play the Big Ten’s first-place team. “You have to be honest with yourself and say ‘OK what didn’t we do well?’ but we have another tremendous challenge down the pipe,” coach Thad Matta said. “I told the guys after the game, we have to be a better basketball team on Sunday.” read more